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Find updates, thoughts, event notices, or short message from Pastor Tim in his weekly blog posts. 

Monday Thoughts from Pastor Tim - March 25

Dear Church Family –

 

Thanks for another great day in church yesterday!  It was Palm Sunday which marks and celebrates Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem. 

 

But why Palm Sunday?  Is it just a bit of religious fervor?  Or just a historical memorial?

 

The events of Jesus’ life are historically verifiable.  One of the uniquenesses of the Bible is that it ties itself to verifiable history.  Many of the other so-called sacred writings of world religions do not tie themselves to history.  They’re just fable and myth.  But Christ and the Bible are not afraid of history.  Archaeology and history consistently support the truth of the Bible.

 

So, yes, the triumphal entry was a historical event, but it is also much more than just a history lesson.  The purpose of the Triumphal Entry was…

  • To recognize Jesus for who He really is, the promised King and Messiah.

  • To fulfill prophecy and present Jesus as the promised Messiah.

  • To give Christ’s people a chance to accept Him.

  • To set up Christ’s crucifixion for the sins of the world,

  • And to give us a glimpse of glory—a look ahead at where He’s leading us.  A glimpse of the goal of following Jesus.

Palm Sunday is a reminder of where we’re going.  But it’s also a check-up of where we are.  The Palm Sunday accounts in the Bible present us with some questions.

1.     Who is Jesus?    

2.     What is the world coming to?

3.     What makes for peace?

4.     Is my stuff available to Jesus for His use, like the donkey owners?

5.     Am I willing to publicly identify with Jesus—even if others think it foolish or even subversive?

6.     Do I praise Jesus even if others try to shut me up?

 

“Foolish is the man, and there are many such men, who would rid himself of his feelings of discomfort by setting the world right, by waging war on the evils around him, while he neglects that integral part of the world where lies his business, his first business—namely his own character and conduct.” – George MacDonald (1824-1905)

 

“…be blameless and innocent, children of God above reproach in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you appear as lights in the world, holding fast the word of life…”  (Philippians 2:15-16)

 

Thanks for affecting our world and praising Jesus by your character and conduct.  You’re a blessing! – Pastor Tim

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